A 31-year-old member asked:
How does to take to fully recover after open heart surgery on an infant?
3 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Louis Grenzeranswered
Cardiology 57 years experience
Varies: As with any surgery, this varies. It would depend on the exact surgery required as well as whether there are any complciations. Usually it would involve one to two weeks in the hospital and four to eight weeks at home. It also depends on what you mean by "recovery." the chest could be sore for a much longer period for instance.
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Dr. Allan Stewartanswered
General Surgery 28 years experience
Baby hearts: Typically, kids recover more quickly after heart surgery than adults. It's important, though, to consider what exactly has been fixed with the operation. There are some surgeries on kids that require multiple steps to complete. What that means is that the child may not be completely repaired after the first procedure.
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Dr. Sarosh Batlivalaanswered
Pediatric Cardiology 18 years experience
Stages: "full" recovery takes months. But i typically think of this in stages. The child is usually hospitalized ~10-14 days. Then the major portion of the recovery is complete by ~2 months (i.e. Home for ~6-8 weeks). But it will take another few months for the sternum to completely heal, etc.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
How much time does it take to recover from open heart surgery?
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Recovery time: Recovery time from cardiac surgery varies by the general condition of the patient and the type of surgery. For an uncomplicated coronary bypass surgery in an otherwise normal patient, can be out of hospital in under a week and back to work after around 6 weeks on the average. With complicated surgery in an ill patient these numbers can be significantly longer.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
How long does it take to wake up from open heart surgery?
1 doctor answer • 2 doctors weighed in
Anesthesia: Anesthesiologists often run the case so a patient is awake very rapidly at the end of the procedure. Not all anesthetic runs aim for this however. Discuss the specifics with the anesthesia team doing the procedure.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016
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